University of Tennessee | MArch & MLA anticipated May 2022 Harding University | BA in Interior Design
CONTENTS STUDIO WORKS Death Pavilion Pro[TO]gressive Urban Wilderness The Nesting The Transect Portland Residence RiverLine Roamer
INDEPENDENT STUDY Roamer Bus
TECHNICAL Construction Drawings Resume
My name is Caleb Brackney and I started my design journey after being challenged by a Landscape Architect to effect change in the world through good design. In pursuit of this interest, my brother and I started a landscape business in high school. This quickly taught me hard work and grit. As my responsibilities grew, I realized the core of good design was in helping others, so I began to explore other ways in which design impacted society and individuals. Because a large percentage of our time is spent indoors, I studied ways to change interiors, which ultimately led to a major in Interior Design for my undergraduate studies. I am currently completing two graduate degrees in architecture and landscape architecture at the University of Tennessee, and chose to pursue studying three core design degrees because I often see differences in strategies within spaces I have occupied. Through a recent project where I converted a school bus into my home, I have realized that living in a small space inspires a greater appreciation for the value and durability of resources along with an emphasis in forming habits which contribute to the goal of a sustainable lifestyle. My passion to make the world a more fulfilling, beautiful, and understandable place is what motivates me to help others through documenting what I have learned on my journey. Every person I meet, every space I encounter and every conversation I have changes me and helps me see the world from otherâ€™s perspectives. I hope as I continue my journey, it will put me in a position to increase the number of lives I will help in the future.
THE CROWDED EAST pennsylvania new york new jersey maryland massachusetts connecticut
48% of overnight users are
from this region
THE DAY HIKER 36% of users
-water bottle -camera -tank top -trail mix
Appalachian Trail Users 2019
THE NORTHWOODS maine vermont new hampshire
THE WOODED WONDERLAND baxter state park, 100 mile wilderness mahoosuc range white mountains
tennessee virginia georgia north carolina west virginia
77% of day hikers are
27% of section hikers are
from this region
from this region
blue ridge parkway catawba mount rodgers pisgah national forest smoky mountains nantahala
THE THROUGH HIKER 16% of users
-75 L Pack -trekking poles -water ﬁlter -rain jacket -propane stove -freeze dried food -toilet paper -shovel -sleeping mat -boots -ﬁrst aid kit -bandana -knife -hat -sleeping bag -shoelaces
THE SECTION HIKER 48% of users
-tent -sleeping mats -sleeping bags -eno -chacos -ﬁrewood -cooler -hotdogs
D E AT H PAV I L I O N harding university The Death Pavilion is inspired by Central American pyramids constructed for Aztec death rituals. This structure accomplishes the goal of creating a functioning Aztec temple in the 21st century.
PRO[TO]GRESSIVE URBAN WILDERNESS university of tennessee_design competition
This 2019 project entry won first place out of 77 teams in a University design competition. This proposal suggests a transformation of staff lot 23 into a new urban wilderness on the UTK campus.
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To protest this large swath of asphalt, the proposal provides an opportunity for students to reclaim their campus from automobiles. The first step is to attack the parking lot incrementally. This involves transforming individual and small clusters of parking spots into soft-scape. in addition to the soft-scape, additions such as poles for hanging hammocks and picnic areas will be implemented to encourage student participation. As time progresses, the car is restricted within the lot. Access from Andy Holt Ave. will be restricted through the implementaion of a new pull-off area that will also serve as parking for food trucks. In addition, larger clusters of soft-scape begin to form and further transform the parking lot. In the final stage of attack, the entire quad will be void of useable parking spots. Soft-space will overtake the asphalt. The layout of parking spaces will remain as an underlay to the toal quad, a reminder of its asphalt-covered past.
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This proposal condenses aspects of the East Tennessee landscape into a spectacular micro-habitat.
CONCRETE IS POURED LAYERING UPW ARD
SOIL CHUNKS ADDE D IN MIX TO SPEED DECOMPOS IT ION
RECYL CED REBAR
NATURALL Y GL OWIN G AGGREGA TE IN MIX
COM PACT ED NATIVE FILL
UNDISTURBED NA TIVE SUBGRADE NON PERFOR ATED W ATER SUPP LY LINE COM PACT ED AGGREG ATE
Comprised of highly artificial forms and technologies which support softer, messier, â€˜naturalâ€™ elements such as bird species, mosses, lichens, and insects, this new interchange landscape spectacularizes the ET landscape for short and long-distance commuters, foregrounding elements and processes of the area that are often invisible. NESTING 7
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This proposal is to design a pure vessel of knowledge. The spectacle of the form occurs from the information inside the library being used as the driver for the form of the institution.
A vessel for knowledge operates as a system which holds information, classifies data, supports varied input, and functions as a stage. These institutions hold everything from national identities, nutrition facts, DNA, and can be embodied in many forms. Every vessel has
similarities, but one underlying characteristic is their uselessness without context. No one wants the vesselâ€” but the information in them. Vessels for knowledge have made it possible for humans to succeed in the world we have made.
PORTLAND HOUSE harding university_residential design The Portland House is designed for a family who seeks to practice healthy behavior and function with an active regime. The family wants to discover new ways to promote their healthy lifestyle within each space of the home.
More people suffer from obesity than any other disease. Obesity is often triggered by a lack of energy balance. Residential built design can have an impact on obesity by offering an environment which encourages movement.
MID SCALE RESIDENTIAL COMPETITION WINNER
Sustainability plays a vital role in wellness. This home is energy efficient, has a low carbon footprint, and maximizes the use of organic and local materials. Portland has 164 rainy days a year. In this environment, solar panels are not practical (see sun # graph). With this in mind, one of the features of the house is a design with a slight curve on the east side. This curve harbors gusts of wind for superior ventilation and fuel for the turbine.
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RIVERLINE ROAMER The RiverLine Roamer is a proposal to convert existing infrastructures, such as shipping containers, into flexible modular units which can be floated down the TN river and placed near communities to revive their dwindling river front presence and strengthen ecosystems along their stretch of the river. As a kit-of-parts, these units contain pieces to revive the wildlife, community, and vegetation wherever they are placed.
ROAMER BUS spring/summer 2020 independent study
featured on YouTube by Tiny Home Tours
In the midst of a global pandemic, I was fortunate to have time, health, education, and access to tools to convert a 1995 Thomas International school bus into a tiny house. This project was challenging but has been one of the most rewarding endeavors I have attempted. I saved $10k for the project and stayed within my budget. I bought the bus in Rome, GA for $3000 and did all the interior renovations myself for $7000. I completed the project
in six months. For more information on the project and access to more images and videos, please visit @RoamerBus on Instagram or across the web. This experience has given me opportunities to talk with numerous newspaper journalists, features on local and international news channels, and interviews with tiny home bloggers and sustainable living advocates accross the world.
CALEB BRACKNEY calebbrackney.com
University of Tennessee | Knoxville, TN | Current MArch & MLA anticipated Spring 2022 Graduate Assistant Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021
Harding University | Searcy, AR | May 2018 BA in CIDA accredited Interior Design | Cumulative GPA 3.9 Dean’s List 8 consecutive semesters Fall ‘14-Spring ‘18
Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architects | Cambridge, MA | Winter 2019
Landscape Architecture Externship
Tennessee RiverLine | Knoxville, TN | Winter 2020
Landscape Architecture Externship
Brackney Brothers Lawncare and Design | Knoxville, TN | 2008-’21
Co-founder of a commercial and residential landscape design and lawn care service
Lewis Architects Engineers | Little Rock, AR | Summer 2017
Architecture and Interior Design Internship
Fab Lab @ UTK College of Architecture | Knoxville, TN | 2019-’20
Woodshop, CNC, 3D Printer, Lazercutter, and WaterJet assistant
University of Tennessee | Knoxville, TN | 2014-’20
Groundskeeper of Eastern Regional Extension Office
Holloway Construction | Knoxville, TN | 2012-’17
General Laborer of government building remodeling and construction jobs
LAF Olmsted Scholar Nominee | 2020 First Place winner of TAAST Max_min design competition | 2019 Tennessee RiverLine Graduate Assistant | 2020-’21 ASLA Student Chapter Member | 2019-’21 UTK Christian Student Center Campus Intern | 2019-’20 Women in Design Student Chapter Member | 2019-’20 @RoamerBus School Bus Conversion-Independent Project | 2020 featured by Insider, EuroNews, TinyHomes, FB Marketplace and others Gamma Sigma Phi Men’s Social Club Member/Officer | 2015-’18 ASID National Member-South Central Chapter/Officer | 2014-’18 2017 Mississippi St. Career Day Mid-Scale Residential Competition Winner
Possess varying degrees of mastery in: Revit Autocad Photoshop InDesign Illustrator After Effects
Rhino Squarespace Bluebeam Premiere Grasshopper GIS
Sketchup ShopSabre Cura Spexx Processing I3 RhinoCam